Major League Lacrosse Announces Finalists for 2020 Awards

PHOTO BY ALEX MCINTYRE


BOSTON, Mass. — Major League Lacrosse has announced all of the nominees for the league’s player and coach awards. Below, each of the nominees are recognized in connection with the identified award. The winners will be announced throughout the remainder of the week. Next week, MLL will announce the nominees and winners of the David Huntley Man of the Year award.

COACH OF THE YEAR

The New Balance Coach of the Year award recognizes one of the league’s many exceptional coaches for outstanding leadership for his team during the season.

Bill Warder, Connecticut Hammerheads: Led an upstart Hammerheads team to a playoff appearance.

Tony Seaman, Denver Outlaws: Led Denver to the championship game.

Sean Quirk, Boston Cannons: Coached Boston to its first league title since 2011.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

The Cascade Rookie of the Year award is presented to the rookie whose performance was outstanding during his first season in the league.

Dan Bucaro, Denver Outlaws: His 13 goals were second on Denver.

Mark Evanchick, Philadelphia Barrage: A lockdown defender in his first season as a pro.

Tom Rigney, Denver Outlaws: He caused seven turnovers, tied for the fourth-most in the league.







GOALIE OF THE YEAR

The SPDR Goalie of the Year award honors the league’s most impressive goalie.

Brian Phipps, Chesapeake Bayhawks: His 56 saves and .533 save percentage were both good for third in the league.

Sean Sconone, Connecticut Hammerheads: He ranked first in the MLL in saves (76) and save percentage (.571).

Nick Marrocco, Boston Cannons: The league champion made 54 saves, including several close-up stops in the championship game.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The Maverik Defensive Player of the Year award distinguishes the player whose defensive contributions to his team were exceptional during the season.

Michael Rexrode, Denver Outlaws: He corralled eight ground balls and caused three turnovers.

Ben Randall, New York Lizards: In five games, he totaled 21 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers.

Zach Goodrich, Boston Cannons: He had nine ground balls and three caused turnovers, two of which came in the championship game.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The Powell Offensive Player of the Year award is presented to the athlete whose offensive performance was outstanding throughout the season.

Ryan Lee, Denver Outlaws: His 18 goals were the most in the league.

Bryce Wasserman, Boston Cannons: He scored 14 goals and was named the MVP.

Lyle Thompson, Chesapeake Bayhawks: He also scored 14 goals, many of the jaw-dropping variety.

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